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Lifelong Effects of FASD

Often the neurological damage goes undiagnosed, but not unpunished. They can become the forgotten kids - the children that have nearly invisible disabilities. They have their arms and legs, can see and hear, run, play, etc., but most have never been to a birthday party or a sleepover. They are last to be chosen to play, and first to be blamed. Their illnesses aren't fatal, but a small part of their hearts and souls die with every rejection. Their behaviors may seem odd or unpredictable to themselves as much as society.

- Bruce Richie (FASLink)

FASD can cause the following permanent brain disorders:

  • Intellectual Disability

  • Mental Retardation

  • Memory Disorders

  • Learning Disorders

  • Attention Disorders

  • Sensory Disorders

  • Speech and Language Disorders

  • Mood Disorders

  • Behavioral Disorders

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Sleep Disorders

FASD can cause the following permanent body disorders:

  • Visual and Eye Defects

  • Hearing and Ear Defects

  • Mouth, Teeth, and Facial Defects

  • Weak Immune System

  • Epilepsy

  • Liver Damage

  • Kidney Defects

  • Heart Defects

  • Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Defects

  • Height and Weight Deficiencies

  • Hormonal Disorders

  • Skeletal Defects

  • Genital Defects

FASD can cause the following permanent emotional disorders:

  • Loneliness

  • School Expulsions

  • Addictions

  • Chronic Unemployment

  • Promiscuity

  • Unplanned Pregnancies

  • Sexual Deviancy

  • Poverty

  • Criminality

  • Prison

  • Homelessness

  • Depression

  • Suicide